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Contact Dermatitis


An itchy rash caused by allergic reaction isn’t usually life-threatening, but it is uncomfortable and unsightly. You get accurate diagnosis and treatments that effectively relieve symptoms of contact dermatitis from the Board-certified dermatologists at Dulles Dermatology Associates in Dulles, VA.


When a substance you are allergic to comes into contact with skin, a reaction occurs. The result can be:

  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Blisters and bumps that may ooze and crust over
  • Itching – possibly severe
  • Dry skin that scales and cracks
  • Swelling
  • Burning sensation or tenderness

Without treatment, contact dermatitis can worsen and spread. Scratching may lead to secondary infection or scars.


Any number of natural and synthetic substances can cause this condition. The most common are:

  • Jewelry with nickel content
  • Cleaning products
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Harsh chemicals such as solvents
  • Plants – poison ivy, poison oak, and others
  • Sawdust and pollen
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Anything containing formaldehyde
  • Some oral and topical medications


Our doctors are experienced in accurately distinguishing contact dermatitis from the many other skin conditions your symptoms may mimic. Then they take plenty of time to help you discover what might be triggering the condition. A patch test may be recommended if the cause of your rash is not apparent. You receive personalize guidance to help you avoid triggers, speed healing, and keep skin comfortable. The doctor talks with you about steps you can take at home – soothing oatmeal baths, cool compresses, moisturizers, and hand protection.

Depending on the cause of your rash, the treatment plan may include prescription steroid cream or ointment. Oral medications can be beneficial, as well. Antihistamines relieve itching, corticosteroids reduce inflammation, and antibiotics combat bacterial infection.

At Dulles Dermatology Associates, you are assured of respect for your concerns, both physical and cosmetic, experienced diagnosis, and compassionate care. In Dulles, VA call (844) 357-3376 for treatment of contact dermatitis.

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